2017-01-11 / Front Page

Officer Steven McDonald 1957-2017

NYPD First Grade Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty in 1986 but later forgave the gunman, died on January 10 at the age of 59.

McDonald was on patrol in Central Park when he stopped to question three young men on the night of July 12, 1986

That was when 15-year-old Shavon Jones, pulled a gun and fired three times. While the last two shots were less fatal, the first splintered and pierced his spinal column, paralyzing him. Doctors said that he wouldn't survive. McDonald defied the odds and survived but was paralyzed from the neck down and would use a ventilator for the rest of his life.

McDonald publicly forgave Jones who was convicted of attempted murder.

In recognition of his love for the NY Rangers hockey team, he founded the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award in 1988 for a player who goes above and beyond the call of duty both on and off the ice.

Every year he gave a Ranger the trophy and a check for $25,000 made out to the Steven McDonald Foundation.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of NYPD Detective First Grade Steven McDonald, a true hero of the City of New York," said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. "Steven was an inspiring human being and a man of deep and abiding faith who, when confronted by adversity early in his police career, responded with courage, grace and dignity. I was proud to call him my friend."

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